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We lack romance with our husbands, Rivers women protest blackout

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One of the Rivers women said they find it difficult to preserve cooked foods for weeks

Some women stormed the office of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) on Tuesday, protesting the prolonged power outage in Rivers State with a dramatic display.

The women from the Mile 2 and Mile 3 axes of Diobu, Port Harcourt, barricaded the PHED office near Isaac Boro Park in Port Harcourt, saying their husbands barely have time with them at night due to intense heat waves occasioned by epileptic power supply.

The placard-carrying protesters matched through major streets in Diobu, including Wokoma, Dim, Wokoma Lane, Obaziolu, Dim Lane, Egbuagu, Azikiwe, and Ojoto Streets, before heading to the PHED office to register their displeasure.

Some of the inscriptions on the placards carried by the Rivers women read, “We lack romance with our husbands’, ‘Our husbands no longer touch us at night’, No light, no payment’, ‘The heat is too much,’ ‘PHED help us to sleep well with our husbands’, among others.

One of the Rivers women who did not want her name mentioned said they also find it difficult to preserve cooked foods for weeks, pointing out that their business has been grounded due to poor power supply by the Port Harcourt distribution firm.

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She listed the areas mostly affected as Dim, Wokama, Azikiwe, and Ojoto streets, even as they expressed dismay that they pay light bills monthly without a corresponding power supply.

She said they could not be paying for darkness.

The protesting women promised to re-mobilise and come for another round of peaceful protest if the condition did not improve.

She stated, “This lack of light (electricity) is making our soup sour. Even when our husbands want to make love to us, the heat will not allow it. We can’t even charge our phones or preserve our food. We are worried.”

Another protester, who gave her name as Nene, said, “This protest is for PHED to give us light. We are paying bills but not seeing the light. Our pot of soup is getting bad, and even having sex with our husbands is a problem because of the heat.

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“Last night, my husband wanted to have fun with me, but the heat was too much, and I could not. We could not do anything. So PHED should give us light, or else we will not pay the bill for this month.”

When contacted, the Public Relations Officer with the PHED, Livingstone Koko, said the current power situation was beyond the control of the company, saying it was a value chain issue.

Koko stated, “It is a value chain constraint. It is beyond our control. However, we also share their sentiments and try to let them know that we are working with other players in the industry to ensure that supply is restored.

“It is nothing short of what is being experienced around the country. So we are aware of the challenge, and we apologize and ask them to bear with us.”

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The protest is coming days after the Minister of Power, Bayo Adelabu, held a meeting with electricity generation and distribution companies.

Adelabu said the meeting was held to propose solutions to the lingering power problems in the country.

The country has been experiencing a low power supply since December 2023.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria as well as electricity distribution companies have, however, blamed the situation on gas shortages leading to low allocation from the national grid.

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One of the Rivers women said they find it difficult to preserve cooked foods for weeks

Rivers women protest blackout

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